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Wis. hunters face patchwork of weapon regulationsSubmitted: 11/02/2013
Wis. hunters face patchwork of weapon regulations
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Wisconsin deer hunters could face a hodgepodge of new gun regulations this fall as local governments react to the state lifting its rifle ban by passing their own rules.

The state has gradually been reducing the number of counties where hunters couldn't use rifles. The Department of Natural Resources lifted the ban in the final 19 shotgun-only counties this year.

But local governments can still enact their own rifle restrictions to protect public safety, and some have been working to do so before hunters take to the woods for the nine-day gun hunt later this month.

The village of Germantown voted last month to ban rifles, and the town of Washington on Washington Island is among those with new rules in the works.





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